The final round of the 2022 AFL home and away season is here, with 10 teams still in contention to win the premiership.
But only eight will make it into September – and they’re all vying for top spot on the final ladder leading up to the final.
Follow the live updates below as we update what happened in Round 23, what each competitor is looking for, and the live ladder.
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AFL LIVE LADDER (last update: before start of Round 23)
1. Geelong Cats (17-4, 139.7%)
2. Sydney Swans (15-6, 128.3%)
3. Melbourne (15-6, 127.7%)
4. Brisbane Lions (15-6, 124.1%)
5. Collingwood (15-6, 104.4%)
6. Fremantle (14-6-1, 116.4%)
7. Richmond (12-8-1, 118.7%)
8. Carlton (12-9, 108.8%)
9. Western Bulldogs (11-10, 107.9%)
10. St Kilda (11-10, 100.1%)
Round 23 fixtures and results (all times AEST)
Brisbane Lions v Melbourne, Friday 7.50pm at the Gabba
GWS Giants vs Fremantle, Saturday 1.45pm at Manuka Oval
North Melbourne vs Gold Coast Suns, Saturday 2.10pm at Marvel Stadium
Geelong Cats vs West Coast Eagles, Saturday 4.35pm at GMHBA Stadium
Essendon vs Richmond, Saturday 7.25pm at the MCG
Port Adelaide vs Adelaide Crows, Saturday 7.30pm at Adelaide Oval
Hawthorn vs Western Bulldogs, Sunday 1.10pm at UTAS Stadium
Carlton vs Collingwood, Sunday 3.20pm at the MCG
St Kilda v Sydney Swans, Sunday 4.40pm at Marvel Stadium
Predicted Week 1 Finals (Last Update: Before the start of Round 23)
First Qualifier Final (1st hosts 4th): Geelong Cats vs Collingwood at the MCG
First Elimination Final (5th hosts 8th): Fremantle vs Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium
Second Elimination Final (6th hosts 7th): Brisbane Lions vs Richmond at the Gabba
Second qualifying final (2nd hosts 3rd): Sydney Swans vs Melbourne at SCG
How to play the 23rd round in chronological order
– Friday night: Brisbane No Melbourne The winner will make the top four and the loser will definitely host the final, with the exact seed to be decided on Sunday.
– Saturday afternoon; Fremantle If he can keep his top four hopes alive with a win over GWS in Canberra, we’ll have to wait until Sunday night to find out.
– Saturday night; Geelong It celebrates the minor premier league at home on the West Coast;
– Saturday night; Richmond Can beat Essendon and lock up seventh place;
– Beginning of Sunday: Western Bulldogs Need to beat Hawthorn in Launceston to keep the pressure on Carlton;
– Sunday afternoon: Bulldogs win by two goals or more. Carlton It should be hit Collingwood To play in the finals, the Magpies would secure a top-four spot with a win.
– Sunday morning: Based on previous results Sydney He may need to win to clinch a top-four or top-two spot (perhaps a percentage contest like last year’s Brisbane-West Coast game). St. Kilda The last place in the eight is mathematically (if not impossible) to survive.
Current conditions for all 10 contestants
1. Geelong Cats
Round 23: West Coast Eagles at GMHBA Stadium, Saturday 4:35 p.m
Win or lose. Finish it 1st
2. Sydney Swans
Round 23: St Kilda at Marvel Stadium, Sunday 4.40pm
Win. Finish it 2nd If you are ahead of the Brisbane-Melbourne winning percentage, 3rd If they are behind them
Losing: Finish it 3rd Brisbane lost to Melbourne, Collingwood lost to Carlton and Fremantle to GWS. 4th If Melbourne, Collingwood and Fremantle lose; 5th If one of Collingwood or Fremantle wins, 6th If both Collingwood and Fremantle win [being ahead of the Brisbane-Melbourne loser dependent on percentage]
Round 23: Brisbane Lions at the Gabba, Friday 7:50 p.m
Win. Finish it 2nd If Sydney lose to St Kilda or are ahead of the winning Sydney by percentage; 3rd If Sydney wins St Kilda and percentage of the previous
Losing: Finish it 3rd If Sydney loses to St Kilda, Fremantle loses to GWS and Collingwood loses to Carlton; 4th If the two lose 5th If one of them loses 6th If any of them are left [being ahead of Sydney dependent on percentage]
4. Brisbane Lions
Round 23: Melbourne at Gabba, Friday 7:50 p.m
Win. Finish it 2nd If Sydney lose to St Kilda or pass the winning percentage of Sydney; 3rd If Sydney beats St Kilda and continues to advance by percentage
Losing: Finish it 3rd If Sydney loses in a heap to St Kilda, Fremantle loses to GWS and Collingwood loses to Carlton; 4th If the two lose 5th If one of them loses 6th If any of them are left [being ahead of Sydney dependent on percentage]
Round 23: Carlton at MCG, Sunday 3.20pm
Win. Finish it 3rd If Sydney loses to St Kilda 4th If Sydney beat St Kilda
Losing: Finish it 5th If Fremantle loses to GWS, 6th If Fremantle beat GWS
Round 23: GWS Giants at Manuka Oval, Saturday 1.45pm
Win. Finish it 3rd If Sydney loses to St Kilda and Collingwood loses to Carlton; 4th If one of them loses 5th If both are not defeated
Losing: Finish it 6th
Round 23: Essendon at MCG, Saturday 7.25pm
Win. Finish it 7th
Losing: Finish it 8th If Carlton beats Collingwood, if not 7th
Round 23: Collingwood at MCG, Sunday 3.20pm
Win. Finish it 7th If Essendon beat Richmond, if not 8th
Losing: Finish it 8th If the Western Bulldogs lose to Hawthorn or beat Hawthorn but fail to achieve a goal percentage of approximately 2 Losing the finals
9. Western Bulldogs
Round 23: Hawthorn at UTAS Stadium, Sunday 1.10pm
Win. Finish it 8th If Carlton loses to Collingwood and they form roughly 2 goals to percentage, otherwise Losing the finals
Losing: Missed the finals.
10. ST KILDA
Round 23: Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium, Sunday 4.40pm
Win. Finish it 8th If Carlton loses to Collingwood, the Western Bulldogs lose to Hawthorn and they hold roughly a 20 goals percentage otherwise. Losing the finals
Losing: Missed the finals.